The music world needs more people like you in the audiences. 136 years this opera was produced without a bloody pool. It doesn't need this nonsense. Of course, seeing a smart tenor was also unusual.
From: Regina Cody <rcody**At_Symbol_Here**EARTHLINK.NET>
To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
Sent: Sun, Jul 22, 2018 9:23 pm
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Follow up on stage blood
During the spring after the December initial discussion on this List
Serve about this pool of blood, I saw this production of Parsifal
broadcast to movie houses by the Metropolitan Opera. When I saw the
pool in Act 2, I realized this was the pool Monona had discussed the
previous December. Since camera closeups are used, I saw the pool in
good detail and at the intermission features, the barefooted dancers
coming off stage. I love opera and will go to see ones with modern
settings. But I will never ever go see this production of Parsifal
again. That pool is totally unnecessary to understand the meaning of
the opera in addition to the hazards that have been discussed. During
the production that I saw, I noticed the lead tenor wore thick soled
high topped heavy looking shoes.
On 7/22/2018 7:54 AM, DCHAS Membership Chair wrote:
> From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**cs.com>
> Re: Follow up on stage blood
> I was contacted off line by a member who was at a production of a View From the Bridge at the Goodman in Chicago in which a pool of stage blood was used. And since the production I was dealing with here in NYC was not this play, and since there is now information available on this production on the net, I decided to 'fess up on where this was and give you a link.
> This was a production of Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera. The link below will show a lot of shots of people wading in 1500 gallons of stage blood. One actor is seen kneeling in it, but actually there were some that rolled in it as well. And while in the blood, the SFX people hit them with heavy blasts of low-lying CO2 fog. I think they should all have had hazard pay and free treatment for any athletes foot or other skin diseases contracted while wading in a nutrient-filled solution with a bunch sweaty singers.
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